*6 HIGHEST PROFILE MURDER TRIALS*
LEOPOLD & LOEB
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ROBERT BLAKE (TV STAR AND SOMETIME FILM STAR)
Robert Blake murder trial of his wife Bonny Bakley: a woman who made a lifelong career out of bilking lonely hearts men. She was about as reprehensible a victim as has ever been seen in the criminal courts. Blake was charged with her murder and used her character as a good part of his defense. Blake was acquitted.
MENENDEZ BROTHERS (SONS OF RECORD COMPANY PRODUCER)
Erik and Lyle murder trials: for the murder of their parents, Kitty and Jose Menendez. Their father was an entertainment executive and they lived in Beverly Hills. The brothers claimed they were victims of a pedophile, their father. The prosecution claimed they were after their parents' $14.5 million dollar estate. They were convicted of murder.
PHIL SPECTOR (RECORD PRODUCER OF MAJOR ACTS)
The judge's decision in both trials was to allow evidence of prior acts by Spector involving women and guns. Female witnesses at both trials described Spector waving guns at them or other women, especially if he’d been drinking a lot. This led to Spector's conviction. Devra Robitaille, Spector’s former girlfriend and employee, testified that he threatened her when she wanted to leave two separate parties, one in the 1970s and the other in the ‘80s. In the 1986 one, she testified that he was "screaming, ranting and raving: 'You're not going. You're not leaving. I'm not opening the door... I'll blow you away. I'll shoot you.’” Spector was convicted of murder.
LEOPOLD & LOEB (WEALTHY BRILLIANT CHICAGO STUDENTS)
Leopold and Loeb in 1924 Chicago lived in the affluent Kenwood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, only two blocks apart. They got to know one another well at the University of Chicago where they discovered a mutual interest in crime. They wanted to be Supermen, as in the German philosophy books they read, so decided to commit the perfect crime. They killed 14 year old Bobby Franks. Their families were wealthy and hired Clarence Darrow to defend them.
FATTY ARBUCKLE (MOVIE STAR, DIRECTOR, WRITER)
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was a silent film actor, comedian, director, and writer in the 1910s. He starred opposite Mabel Normand and Harold Lloyd. He helped Charlie Chaplin and discovered Buster Keaton and Bob Hope. His contract in 1921 with Paramount Pictures paid him one million dollars. His infamous trials made up Hollywood's first official big time scandal in 1921-1922. Arbuckle was prosecuted for a young women's rape and accidentally killing her. William Randolph Hearst simultaneously “tried” Arbuckle in his newspapers with the most lurid and sensational coverage. Arbuckle had two hung juries and was acquitted in the third trial.
LANA TURNER (MOVIE STAR)
Lana Turner was gorgeous and a huge movie star. But by the time she met Johnny Stompanato these glory days were years behind her. Their romance was in 1958. She was still working but she was an older woman and he was her younger lover. She also had a teenage daughter, 14, Cheryl Crane. No one knows the truth about what happened in 1958. Lana had a very stormy romance with Johnny. One night Johnny ended up dead, stabbed in vital parts of his chest. Lana and Cheryl both claimed Cheryl had done it but a 14 year old girl taking on a 32 year old former Marine and gangster with a knife took some doing. In short, everyone suspected that Lana had stabbed and killed Johnny and Cheryl was taking the fall for it.